House Freedom Caucus lobbied Trump for help in releasing FBI memo: report
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Top members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus last week urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE for help in releasing a memo alleging the FBI's political bias in wiretapping a former Trump campaign adviser, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. 

Reps. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsSchumer urges declassification of letter from Pence aide Republicans take aim at Nadler for saying GOP senators complicit in 'cover-up' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules MORE (R-N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules This week: Raucous rules fight, opening arguments in impeachment trial MORE (R-Ohio), the chairman and co-founder of the conservative caucus, reportedly told Trump in a phone call about the memo and their plan to release it.


A White House official confirmed the phone call but told the Post that Trump did not endorse the plan to release the memo. Others familiar with the conversation said Trump was apparently unaware of the memo. 

Another insider with knowledge of the matter told CNN that Trump was in favor of having Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, release the memo. The White House pushed back against the report, saying Trump hasn't yet made a decision.

Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary, told CNN that the president's decision will come after an extensive government agency review and national security review. 

Republican lawmakers led by Nunes have sought the release of the memo, which reportedly contains allegations that the FBI abused a surveillance program against the Trump campaign in 2016. 

Democrats have opposed the move, painting it as the Republicans' latest effort to discredit the FBI as politically biased against Trump. 

The four-page memo by Nunes reportedly says that both the FBI and Justice Department abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with its actions against the Trump campaign, challenging the evidence it used to wiretap former campaign adviser Carter Page.